4th Annual Summit

The 4th Annual Illinois Breastfeeding Leadership Summit will be held Thursday, May 18, 2017 at the Dove Center in Springfield. 

This year, Kiran Katira, Director at the Community Engagement Center at the University of New Mexico will lead a full day of presentation and facilitated discussion around breastfeeding in relation to equity, diversity and inclusion.  

Kiran Katira is an East-African Indian, born in Kenya and raised in England. She received her Ph.D. in Education Thought and Socio-Cultural Studies from the University of New Mexico. For the past 18 years she has worked with NM communities through the University of NM’s Community Engagement Center, where she facilitates the leadership development of local university students serving in thirty community based projects. She is also a trainer in training with the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond and an active member of Families United for Education. Kiran teaches university courses, which focus on antiracist-education, community based research and peace and justice.  

We will start the day with a light breakfast, coffee and networking at 9:30am, then engage in a day filled with facilitated discussion from 10:00am – 4:00pm. There will be a short lunch break with a boxed lunch and afternoon snack provided. 

Regional Breastfeeding Task Forces and Coalitions are encouraged to invite up to 10 members or community partners within their regions to attend this Summit. Those selected to attend should have a vested interest in collaborating and working within their regional task force/coalition. Participants will be seated by region to better reflect on their community. 

Once you have identified participants, please have them register at http://4thsummit.ezregister.com  The registration deadline is May 11, 2017.  

Exhibit tables will be available as an opportunity to showcase our regional task/coalition projects. This is an awesome way to share what you have been doing that is working in your region while gathering ideas from other around the state.   

Application for CEU for RN, RD and IBCLC has been submitted.  

A block of rooms is available at a reduced rate for the evening of May 17 at the following hotels: 
Carpenter’s Street Hotel
525 North Sixth Street
Springfield, IL 62702
Phone (888) 779-9100
 $89 Double or King
Mention: Breastfeeding Summit
Cut-off Date: April 17, 2017  

Wyndham Springfield City Centre
700 E. Adams Street
Springfield, IL 62701
$70 Single, $85 Double
Mention Dove Center Breastfeeding Summit
Cut-off date: April 26, 2017  

We look forward to a full day of networking, sharing and open discussion. If you have further questions, please contact Brenda.matthews@illinois.gov or Melanie.eader@illinois.gov